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Our Sex Work Self Care group is now meeting twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays. The group will be meeting this Thursday, September 20th, at 7:30, at the Dolores St Community Services offices, at 938 Valencia St.

Please pass this on to anyone you think would be interested!

SEX WORK SELF-CARE GROUP

This working group is designed to give sex workers a space to explore the interface between their personal histories and their work. Anyone employed in a service industry benefits from identifying and understanding which aspects of your personal history causes stress and struggle when they show up in your work and which aspects are a source of empowerment. Sex workers are no different. In fact, having a clear understanding of how your personal history effects your working experience is the foundation of self-care.

This group will meet twice monthly – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month – with the plan to have it be an ongoing and available resource for sex workers. The group format will consist of presented and planned topics along with open discussion amongst members. Some topics include: How to Self-Assess Needs, What does Personal Responsibility Look Like Emotionally and What is Trauma and How Does It Affect Us. Feedback from group members will be encouraged to help develop further relevant topics.

This group is open to all sex workers and those considering either getting back into the work or entering it for the first time. It will be facilitated by a sex worker positive therapist although the expertise of all members will be recognized and respected. Group discussion will be encouraged as open and supportive conversation is an important component while involved in any service oriented field of work. This is especially relevant for sex workers, where the dominant culture encourages isolation for those involved in this demanding field.

Scott, M.A. MFT (WA State) currently facilitates psycho-educational/therapeutic Trauma Recovery groups for women and men incarcerated in two bay area jails. These groups help those incarcerated to better understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) and the effects of physical and sexual violence.

Scott has extensive experience working with male sexual issues, specifically in the area of male sexual violence. Before moving to the bay area almost four years ago, he worked in private practice in the Seattle area for over 18 years. He has over 15,000 hours of conversation with males about healthy sexuality, sexual violence and non-consent. Scott is also a published author in this field.

Scott is trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT), which is considered one of the few research based interventions with juveniles delinquents. After a few years of training in FFT, Scott became a national supervisor for this model, traveling around the country training other therapists to do FFT.

While Scott has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in WA state for many years, he is not currently licensed in California, although he should have his California MFT license soon. Scott is also trained in Arnold Mindell’s Process Work and corrective regression group work. He incorporates these models into his current therapeutic practice.

Last, Scott’s partner is a sex worker. He has actively supported her work for the last four years. He enjoys talking with her about male sexuality,therapeutic techniques that might be applicable to his partner’s client base and self-care.

For more information or to get involved in this group, please contact Shannon Williams (a SWOP member) at 510-381-9798 or roxie666@hotmail.com

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